The world knows him as Glenn Beck, the radio host, the author, the TV commentator. But who is Glenn Beck, the friend, the co-worker, the mentor?
Join us on a journey into the heart of Mercury Studios, where Glenn spends a huge portion of his life, and meet the people he works with every day. These are real, first-hand accounts about Glenn from within the walls of his own studios --- told by those who interact with him on a daily basis.
Here are their stories in their own words.
Misheal Simpson, Executive Assistant
Glenn is really funny. You get a taste of it, but he is hilarious. If you just spend a little bit of time, there’s always going to be some joke. There’s always going to be something.
It’s funny teaching him about culture.
One of my favorite things --- we were going somewhere and I had found this article and was like, “Gah, black don’t crack!”
And he’s like “What?!” and we’re literally looking at this article of famous African American actors and he couldn't believe this person was 50 and this person was 60, and I’m like, “'Cause black don’t crack!” And he is just so funny, he says that now.
So, I’ve been teaching him the cultural cool things.
He’s so genuine. He is all about growth. He would rather you find a new job versus having you be here and be miserable.
He wants people to grow. He wants people to be doing the things they enjoy doing.
Jason Buttrill, Writer/Researcher
I was his bodyguard for a couple of years before I started working over here.
I remember there was this one time where he had a town hall meeting back when the company was still based in New York. They called this meeting and all the employees went to it. It was at some really cool New York locale. I don’t even remember the subject matter or what he was talking about, but he was so passionate about everything he was doing.
A lot of people might know this about Glenn, but when you’re an employee working for him --- especially when he gets really fired up and inspired about stuff --- it’s really moving to witness and to be a part of.
I saw that and I was like, "Oh my gosh, this is the type of company I want to work for." I had no idea at the time that’s what I eventually was going to be doing. But, just seeing that as an outsider, you knew there was something different about Glenn --- something different.
From the get-go, he was always about empowering people. So, he gets talented people around him and he empowers people.
Just being around the guy and listening to how he is so passionate about things, you can’t help but be inspired. And as luck would have it, a couple years later I was actually working for him.
Really, that feeling has stuck with me the entire time. I don’t know if you’ve seen some of his town hall stuff, but just recently, when he unveiled some of the "EPIC" stuff --- that’s like classic Glenn. That’s Glenn when he is fully invested in a topic. When you see how inspired he is about that and how excited he is, you can’t help but have these explosions of ideas.
That’s the best way to describe it. Literally, everyone who listens to him and sees how passionate he is about these things, you have an explosion of ideas. And that’s just all part of his character and who he is.
Jessica Sanchez, Merchandising Manager
I started working here November 2014, and at that point in my life, I was very torn with my faith --- what I believed in, how I believed things were, and really at a point in my life where I was kind of struggling.
Career-wise, also, because I had just left a career that I had been at for ten years that was super exhausting to me. I came here and took an extreme pay cut to then just do admin work. And I did it for myself, first of all, to kind of just make things not so hectic, not so crazy in my life.
But I still didn’t have faith.
Well, then I started working with the "All Lives Matter" campaign. We started the campaign with Mercury One and we went to Birmingham and we did a big march. We marched the same march that Martin Luther King marched. It was a big drawn-out thing. Through the whole process, the whole thing was about unity, about faith, about all your spirituality, about what you believe in.
And Glenn was really big on prayer. We had morning prayers with the company. You constantly saw him walking around with his scriptures. Seeing that made me want to look more into my spirituality and my faith and what I believed in. I think just seeing him and the process we went through and that whole campaign --- it made me kind of take a look at my own life and what I needed to do and what changes I needed to make.
I ended up thinking, if a man like Glenn can make a decision based on scripture, based off of something that he reads, because he fully, wholeheartedly believes that’s what God is telling him, then why can’t I?
So, when I was in Birmingham, I decided to finally give myself to Christ. It was the first time ever in my whole life that I had actually felt the presence of God and a change. And it was all because I was a part of that campaign.
Glenn has changed my life in my spirituality and my faith and has really taught me to go for what I believe in and not care about what anybody else is saying.
What About You?
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